Mad Cool Festival Press Statement

posted Jul 9, 2017, 3:36 PM by Vu Nguyen

We, the festival management, would like to publicly express our absolute grief and desolation regarding the incident that happened at the festival on Friday 7th July while choreographer, dancer and workmate Pedro Aunion was performing. We would like to express our love and support to all his family and friends at this hard and devastating time.

With regard to the festival's response in the aftermath of the incident:

1 - In order to preserve the privacy of Pedro's family, there were no statements made nor was his identity revealed without the family's prior knowledge. We ask that the press respect the privacy of Pedro's family and they are allowed to grieve. We hope that we will be joined in making this a priority.

2 - The decision to not stop the festival immediately was made between the state and local security forces, as well as our security management. Mad Cool Festival complied with all the corresponding security measures that are mandatory for the audience, artists and workers at festivals and was prepared for all eventualities. In this situation it was officially deemed unsafe to have a large mass of people moving all at once, with the possibility of violent reactions, due to a sudden cancelation of an event of 45,000 people. The safety and security of the fans at the festival was of the highest order and it was not compromised.

Throughout the night and since the tragedy, we worked together in a coordinated way with the healthcare professionals present at the event, as well as the emergency services of the city council and security team. A psychological unit was made available to the family

We believe music and culture are a life celebration and the festival pays tribute to all the artists that work everyday showcasing their talent in front of admiring and appreciative audiences.

Mad Cool would officially like to thank the audience for their kindness and support, the security forces and emergency services who worked so hard to keep everyone safe and we offer our gratitude and affection to all at this hard time.

The Afghan Whigs to tour North America this fall

posted Jun 20, 2017, 1:51 PM by Vu Nguyen

The Afghan Whigs will tour North America this fall behind their stunning new album In Spades (out now on Sub Pop). The 28-city tour will begin on September 6 at The Social in Orlando, FL before taking them through Atlanta, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn, and many more, including several cities they haven't played in years, like Richmond, Birmingham, Kansas City and Houston. Har Mar Superstar will support on all dates. Tickets are on sale now, and the full list of dates can be found below.

In Spades, the follow-up to the widely-acclaimed Do The Beast (2014, Sub Pop), has been met with rave reviews from all corners. Pitchfork called it "as expansive and substantial as a double-album statement;" UNCUT praised it as "a thrilling, impassioned addition to their catalogue;" The Guardian raved that the band had "ingenuity in spades;" and MOJO deemed the band "back to their dark, soulful best."

Led by singles "Demon In Profile," "Oriole," and "Arabian Heights," the album was recorded in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Memphis and Joshua Tree, and was written and produced by frontman Greg Dulli.

Following a sold-out show at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem, the band is currently on a 17-country European tour in support of the album, featuring support from Ed Harcourt at each show. European dates can be found on the band's website.

The Afghan Whigs' upcoming tour dates:

9/6 - Orlando, FL - The Social *
9/7 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West *
9/8 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival
9/9 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club *
9/11 - Richmond, VA - The National *
9/12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
9/14 - Boston, MA - Paradise *
9/16 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel *
9/18 - Montreal, QC - Theatre Fairmount *
9/19 - Toronto, ON - Opera House *
9/21 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave *
9/22 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
9/23 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
9/24 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall *
9/26 - Detroit, MI - St Andrews *
Sep. 28 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's *
Sep. 29 - Nashville, TN - Exit IN *
Sep. 30 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn *
Oct. 12 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up *
Oct. 13 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre *
Oct. 14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
Oct. 16 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
Oct. 17 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre *
Oct. 18 - Seattle, WA - Showbox *
Oct. 20 - Salt Lake, UT - Urban Lounge *
Oct. 21 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre *
Oct. 22 - Kansas City, MO - Record Bar *
Oct. 24 - Austin, TX - Mohawk *
Oct. 25 - Dallas, TX - Trees *
Oct. 26 - Houston, TX - Heights Theater *

10/27 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Music + Arts Festival

* - w/Har Mar Superstar

The Shins Announce Winner Of #Shinsvancontest

posted Jun 2, 2017, 1:29 AM by Vu Nguyen

After fierce competition and careful deliberation over the last several weeks, The Shins have chosen Michigan-based trio Mertle as the lucky winners of their first-ever van! Mertle’s cover of “Painting A Hole” beat out hundreds of submissions to win the grand prize. Watch their excitement as James Mercer pays them a surprise visit at their home in Eaton Rapids, Michigan to personally deliver the newly refurbished 1990 Ford 350 Clubwagon.

Mertle will join The Shins for a very special performance at their July 27 concert at Grand Rapid’s Meijer Gardens Amphitheater.
Earlier this spring, The Shins appeared with the van on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, even taking Colbert for a ride in ‘Big Red’ through Times Square. Watch the band perform “Name for You” outside the Ed Sullivan Theater.
The Shins are currently on tour through the fall, with dates across North America and Europe in addition to festival stops at Bunbury, Firefly, Lollapalooza, Osheaga and many more. See below for full tour schedule.
The Shins’ fifth album Heartworms is available everywhere now via Aural Apothecary/Columbia Records.

The Shins On Tour:
6/2       Cincinnati, OH                        Bunbury Music Festival
6/3       Memphis, TN                          Minglewood Hall
6/4       Houston, TX                            Free Press Summer Festival
6/10     Anchorage, AK                       Moose’s Tooth Pub (Outdoors)
6/15     Brooklyn, NY                          Prospect Park
6/16     Portland, ME                           Thompson’s Point
6/17     Cooperstown, NY                   Brewery Ommegang
6/18     Dover, DE                               Firefly Music Festival
6/21     Troutdale, OR                         Edgefield
6/22     Ogden, UT                             Ogden Amphitheatre
6/23     Las Vegas, NV                       The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
6/25     Pasadena, CA                        Arroyo Seco
7/6       Winnipeg, MB                         Winnipeg Folk Fest
7/7       Minneapolis, MN                     Basilica Block Party
7/8       Des Moines, IA                       80/35 Music Festival
7/9       Milwaukee, WI                        Summerfest
7/11     Niagara Falls, NY                    Rapid Theatre
7/12     Ottawa, ON                             Ottawa Blues Fest
7/27     Grand Rapids, MI                   Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
7/28     Oro-Medonte, ON                   Wayhome Music & Arts Festival
7/29     Cleveland, OH                        Agora Theatre
7/30     Burlington, VT                         Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
8/1       Pittsburgh, PA                         Stage AE (Indoor)
8/2       Boston, MA                             House of Blues
8/4-6    Chicago, IL                              Lollapalooza
8/4-6    Montreal, QC                          Osheaga
8/10     Gothenburg, SE                      Way Out West
8/11     Oslo, NO                                 Oya Festival
8/13     Copenhagen, DK                    Vega
8/14     Hamburg, DE                          Grosse Freiheit
8/15     Berlin, DE                                Huxley’s
8/16     Cologne, DE                           Live Music Hall
8/17     Brecon, UK                             Green Man Festival
8/18     Kiewit-Hasselt, BE                  Pukkelpop
8/19     Biddinghuizen, NL                   Lowlands Festival
8/20     Wales, UK                               Green Man Festival
8/22     Manchester, UK                      Academy
8/23     Nottingham, UK                      Rock City
8/25     Boulogne-Billancourt, FR        Rock En Seine
8/27     Turin, IT                            
       Todays Festival
9/26     Bend, OR                                The Athletic Club of Bend
9/30     Berkeley, CA                          Greek Theater
10/1     San Diego, CA                        Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater
10/3     Phoenix, AZ                            Comerica Theater
10/5     Morrison, CO                          Red Rocks Amphitheater
11/19   Ciudad de Mexico, MX           Corona Capital

Ice Cube Drops “Only One Me” + Album Pre-Order For Death Certificate: 25 Anniversary Edition

posted Jun 2, 2017, 1:08 AM by Vu Nguyen

Interscope Records is pleased to announce the recent signing of West Coast rap icon, Ice Cube. Known to be one of the most important figures in rap history, Ice Cube began his career with the Notorious West Coast Gangsta Rap Group N.W.A over two decades ago.  At the height of the group’s success, Ice Cube broke away to start his own solo career. With over 10 million albums sold to date, Cube joins the label after several years of releasing music independently on his own Lench Mob Records which includes his Gold Certified 2006 opus “Laugh Now, Cry Later,” the highest selling independent hip hop release of the year.
“We are thrilled to announce that Ice Cube has joined the Interscope family.  He’s obviously one of the legendary figures in hip-hop…that’s a massive statement on its own, but he’s so much more than that.  Cube has an incredible body of work, and as a fan I’m honored to welcome him to the label,” states John Janick, Chairman and CEO of Interscope Geffen A&M.
The first project under the deal will be a 25th Anniversary edition of Ice Cube’s highly controversial second album. Death Certificate: 25 Anniversary Edition will release on June 9th.The re-release will feature three new songs, “Only One Me,” “Dominate The Weak,” and the sinister lead single, “Good Cop, Bad Cop.” Originally released on October 29, 1991 and produced by OG Cube cohorts, Sir Jinx, and the Boogiemen (DJ Pooh, Bobcat, and Rashad Coes), the incendiary LP, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and sold over five million copies worldwide, takes a potent look at life in South Central through the eyes of one of reality rap’s greatest and grittiest storytellers. 
Recorded in the wake of the Rodney King beating in 1991, Cube artfully contextualizes the harsh material he delivers on Death Certificate, declaring a “state of emergency” and breaking down the original 20-track opus into two parts. “The Death Side,” he says firmly, is “a mirror image of where we are today” while “The Life Side” represents “a vision of where we need to go.” The album’s revolutionary tone is established with the opening rager, “The Wrong Ni*** To F*** Wit.” The new material brings equal amounts of fire to the already stellar collection.
Rapidly traversing from guns (“Man’s Best Friend”) to gangs (“Colorblind”), Ice Cube leaves no stone unturned, attacking hot-button issues affecting the Black community with the ferocity of a lion. “Black Korea” addresses tensions in the ’hood after the shooting death of an African-American girl by a Korean grocer; “A Bird in the Hand” laments the lack of gainful employment opportunities for young Black males; “Look Who’s Burnin’” is upfront about the proliferation of sexually transmitted diseases among Black youth.
Nevertheless, activist and scholar Angela Davis took the artist to task for his overtly sexist imagery on the songs “Givin’ Up the Nappy Dugout” and “Horny Lil’ Devil.” The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish human rights organization, publicly denounced Death Certificate, calling the album anti-Semitic for comments on the now infamous diss track, “No Vaseline.” The state of Oregon even went as far as making it illegal for local retailers to promote Ice Cube in any way, shape or form.
James Bernard, then-editor of hip-hop magazine, The Source, clapped back at the album’s more mainstream critics with an official statement that said they were “too dainty and thin-skinned to hear the anger, rage and frustration that many people are forced to deal with every day.” In a review of the album for Entertainment Weekly, Bernard wrote, “I’m not arrogant enough to wag my finger at someone for stridency or incorrect language when many of his friends are dead and many of the rest are either in prison or standing on the corner surrounded by burned-out buildings and dying dreams.”
Despite all the surrounding controversy, Death Certificate was heralded a musical masterpiece and Ice Cube ultimately received the accolades he deserved for his incisive and revelatory socio-political commentary. Twenty-five years later, Cube maintains the album’s relevance. “Sadly, our community is dealing with many of the same issues,” he says. “I only hope that young millennials feeling powerless in the ’hood can channel their own anger and frustration by listening to this record.”
Death Certificate: 25 Anniversary Edition will be available for pre-order on June 2nd. The bombastic new song, “Only One Me,” will be made available for early download as an instant grat track.

The Death Side
1. Only One Me
2. Good Cop, Bad Cop
3. Dominate The Weak
4. The Funeral
5. The Wrong N**** To F*** Wit
6. My Summer Vacation
7. Steady Mobbin’
8. Robin Lench
9. Givin’ Up The Nappy Dug Out
10. Look Who’s Burnin’
11. A Bird In The Hand
12. Man’s Best Friend
13. Alive On Arrival
14. Death
The Life Side
15. The Birth
16. I Wanna Kill Sam
17. Horny Lil’ Devil
18. Black Korea
19. True To The Game
20. Color Blind
21. Doing Dumb Sh**
22. Us
23. No Vaseline

Mike Krol to reissue his first two records, I Hate Jazz and Trust Fund, on double vinyl on July 14

posted Jun 2, 2017, 1:06 AM by Vu Nguyen

On Mike Krol Is Never Dead: The First Two Records, we catch up—with the past, that is. Indeed, Turkey, released in 2015, is Chapter 3 of the Krol saga; here, finally, are its long-lost predecessors. Self-released in 2011, I Hate Jazz was the opening salvo of World War Krol. Only 500 copies were pressed; they were given away to anyone who showed interest (and many who showed none whatsoever). Including Krol classics like “Fifteen Minutes” and “Like a Star,” the record has long been unavailable. Trust Fund followed in 2013; its 500 copies sold out on the ensuing tour, fueling a mini-mania that would elevate it to cult status.

This 2-LP set includes both records on freshly pressed Merge vinyl; an illuminating selection of digital outtakes, demos, and b-sides; and a fold-out poster showcasing an array of Mike Krol ephemera. The first 300 pre-orders in our store will receive a glossy black & white headshot personally signed by Mike! In addition, five randomly selected pre-orders will include a one-of-a-kind drawing of notorious cartoon rocker “Mike Krol” by illustrator and Mike Krol Friend Club member Ben Levin.

Krol shared his hopes for the bonus tracks:

I had some fun with going through these and arranged them chronologically in the order in which they were conceived to (hopefully) show growth, or my thought process getting figured out over the years. The recordings are all over the place in style, quality, and length, and I added a few little fun transition snippets to tie things together. When you listen in one sitting, with the songs in order, it has the mixtape vibe I was hoping to achieve, Guided By Voices style. I’m excited for the release of these tracks NOT because I think they are “good”—or in some cases even listenable—but rather because I hope that the “kids” who get this record hear them and think, “Whoa, I can do this!” and then go and start recording and making their own music. It’s all about inspiring the youth, ya know?

Everything on here was recorded and mixed by myself on either a 4-track cassette recorder or the free version of GarageBand that comes on an Apple computer. I never learned how to record properly, never took a single guitar lesson, never thought in my #wildestdreams that these songs would be heard by anyone other than my close friends (and definitely not released on THE record label I so deeply admired during my formative years recording them). But that never stopped me from having fun and trying to express myself through a personal creative process. So with that, I hope you guys enjoy them.

Pre-order Mike Krol Is Never Dead: The First Two Records on 2-LP now in the Merge store, or digitally, and listen to I Hate Jazz and Trust Fund today!

David Barbe (Sugar, Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers) announces first new record in 7 years; shares first song

posted Jun 2, 2017, 1:04 AM by Vu Nguyen

10th of Seas
, David Barbe's third solo album, and first new album in seven years, will be released on August 18, 2017 on Orange Twin Records.  Barbe has been referred to as having the most widespread influence of any single person in the Athens, GA music scene due to his involvement with so many different artists and projects over the years, from his start playing with noise damaged groups like Mercyland, Bar-B-Q Killers, and Buzz Hungry in the 1980s and '90's; to his stint as bassist in Sugar (Bob Mould's legendary post-Husker Du band), with whom he toured the globe many times and released three classic records; to his work as an engineer/producer on hundreds of albums, including those by Deerhunter, Drive-By Truckers, The Glands, Son Volt, New Madrid, Bettye LaVette, Harvey Milk and Muuy Biien.  Many of these were recorded at his Athens based Chase Park Transduction studio. The album's first track, "Portuguese Door," got its premiere yesterday on Consequence of Sound.
10th of Seas marks a departure for Barbe in that he performed and recorded the entire thing by himself, playing all the instruments.  Everything.
"I wanted this record to be as close to the original source of inspiration as possible," Barbe says. "I tried recording some of the songs with other people involved a few times, and it was better in some ways, but always seemed something was lost in translation. The communication became less personal.  I felt like the emotional gravy is the glue, so I reverted to working like I did when I was teenager making 4-tracks. Working  fast.  More feeling it.  Less over-thinking it. "
Album highlights include: "Portuguese Door," slippery and melodically complex, and the opening burst of  "Dim Bulbs," the lyrics of which contain the album's title. 10th of Seas is a reference to exploring the outer reaches of one's mind.
Barbe says: "The phrase 'sailing the seven seas' did not mean just crossing the known bodies of water, but to go around the world and back.  To sail across the 10th of Seas would indicate traversing through the unknown, to have seen it all, and then some."
Barbe will tour America this summer and fall in support of the album backed by Inward Dream Ebb, the alter ego of Athens-based psych-rockers New Madrid, with whom Barbe has produced several albums. Dates below:

June 13 - Slims - Raleigh NC
June 15 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia
June 16 - Songbird - Washington DC
June 17 - Webster Studio - NYC
June 19 - Knitting Factory - Brooklyn
June 30 - 40 Watt Club - Athens, GA
July 1 - 529 - Atlanta, GA

Athens Popfest Line Up Announcement

posted May 16, 2017, 5:15 AM by Vu Nguyen

HHBTM Records presents the Athens Popfest. The festival takes place this August 9th-12th in Athens, Georgia at the venues The Georgia Theatre, 40 Watt Club, Little Kings, and the World Famous. The headliners include ESG, Apples In Stereo, Superchunk, Waxahatchee, Laetitia Sadier, Sneaks, Elf Power, the Veldt, Pylon Reenactment Society, Eureka California, and Tunabunny. 48 bands total over 4 days for only $55 for a full festival pass. Individual day tickets are also available. 


Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis Programming Highlights

posted Apr 26, 2017, 6:21 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Apr 26, 2017, 6:22 AM ]

‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Buffy,’ Sheen Q&A’s, Creative Panels Head Programming At Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis, May 5-7

‘Monkees,’ Marina Sirtis Q&A’s, Gaming, Cosplay Sessions, Costume Contests All Weekend Long At Minneapolis Convention Center

Dual Q&A sessions with the stars of “Doctor Who,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “The Monkees,” panels featuring standout celebrities Charlie Sheen (Hot Shots, “Two and a Half Men”), Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Spin City”), James Marsters (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Vidiots”) and others, “Pokémon,” and other gaming-themed panels, storytelling and comics creator sessions, adult and kids costume contests, after parties and cosplay panels highlight the programming offerings at Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis, May 5-7 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission and is in addition to the live entertainment options (magic, dancing, music, etc.) all weekend.

Some highlights of the more than 50 panels scheduled include:

  • Dual Q&A’s with the “Doctor Who” tandem of Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman (“Saturday, noon), “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” twosome of Nicholas Brendon and Charisma Carpenter (Saturday, 3 p.m.) and Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz (“The Monkees,” Sunday, noon)

  • Solo interactive sessions with Sheen (Saturday, 2 p.m.), Bostwick (Saturday, 1 p.m.), Marsters (Saturday, 4 p.m.) and Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Sunday, 1 p.m.)

  • Creator-themed hours featuring industry superstars Guy Gilchrist (“Nancy,” “Muppets”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons”) and Bob Camp (“Ren & Stimpy”) (“How to Draw Comedy,” Friday, 5 p.m.), licensed Disney Fine Artist Clinton Hobart (Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.), WWE artist Rob Schamberger (Friday, 6 p.m.), Tom Cook (“Tarzan,” “Flash Gordon”; Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m.), Guardians of the Galaxy writer Sam Humphries and Spider Man’s Danny Fingeroth (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.) and many others

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show Extravaganza” screening of the cult classic film, featuring introduction by Bostwick and performance by the local shadow cast group “Transvestite Soup,” (Saturday, VIP M&G with Bostwick, 7-8 p.m. at Convention Center, film at midnight at The Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave S. in Minneapolis.) (*note additional admission required)

  • “Pokémon” panels (Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m.)

  • Pop culture topically themed panels such as “Getting Started on YouTube” (Friday, 6 p.m.); “Marvel vs. DC: Infinity War” (Friday, 6:30 p.m.); “Comics, Rock & Roll and Censorship” (Friday, 7 p.m.); “I’m Not A Sidekick: A Diversity In Pop Culture Discussion” (Saturday, 3 p.m.) and more

  • Video gaming free play all three days, featuring Street Fighter V, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros. Wii U and more, at the dedicated gaming area

  • Kids programming all three days, including magic face painting, balloon animals, celebrity storytelling, superhero dance tournaments, ventriloquism, learn to draw, gaming tournaments (and Kids 10 and under are free every day with paid adult)

  • World-famous Wizard World Comic Con Adult Costume Contest, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Kids Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

  • Cosplay with special guests Mogchelle, SuperKayce, Captain K and Hannah Eva, throughout the weekend

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms or show floor stages at the convention center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.  (*Note: the Rocky Horror Picture Show Extravaganza event requires a separate ticket.)

A full list of Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis programming is available at (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).

Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis is the fifth in the 2017 series produced by Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD). For more on the event, visit

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)

Wizard World, Inc. ( produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, gaming, graphic novels, toys, sci-fi, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched ComicConBox™ ( ), a premium subscription-based monthly box service and Wizard World Rewards among its initiatives. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.

The Wizard World 2017 schedule is available at:

Royal Blood Announce U.S. Headlining Tour This Summer

posted Apr 19, 2017, 6:11 AM by Vu Nguyen

British rock band Royal Blood today announced that they will kick off the summer with a headlining U.S. tour in support of their recently announced and highly anticipated new album 'How Did We Get So Dark?,' due out on June 16th on Warner Bros. Records. The tour will kick off on June 2nd at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA and conclude on August 16th at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. Tickets for all dates will be available for purchase starting at 9:00 AM local time on Friday, April 28th. See below for a complete list of dates. 

After becoming the biggest breaking British rock band with their self-titled 2014 debut album, Royal Blood's second album 'How Did We Get So Dark?' is one of the most anticipated releases of the summer. The album's lead single "Lights Out" and accompanying music video is now available. 'How Did We Get So Dark' will be released on digital, CD and vinyl formats. Also available are a super deluxe vinyl set and a cassette. Pre-orders are now open from, and all fans who pre-order the album via the official band webstore will receive an instant download of 'Lights Out'.

Royal Blood's breakthrough was huge. Their debut album was the fastest-selling British rock debut in three years, hitting #1 in the UK, debuting in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 Chart in the U.S. and going Top 20 in 12 countries. Before they knew it, they were performing for Howard Stern, touring with Foo Fighters, holding dressing room audiences with Jimmy Page in New York, and being presented with a BRIT for Best British Band in 2015 by the very same guitar god. Their ascendency was further underlined with major awards courtesy of Kerrang!, NME and Q.

Royal Blood will also appear at festivals this summer including The Governors Ball in New York City, Glastonbury, Eden Sessions, and Japan's Summer Sonic Festival. Visit for a complete list of upcoming live dates. 

Royal Blood U.S. Live Dates

2ndJune - Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
2ndJune - 4thJune - Governor's Ball, New York, NY  
6thJune - 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
7thJune - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
9thJune - St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI
10thJune - Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
11thJune - Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN
31stJuly - Upstate Concert Hall, Buffalo, NY
3rdAug - Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH
5thAug - Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
8thAug - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
9thAug - Showbox, Seattle, WA
10thAug - Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
12thAug - Outside Lands, San Francisco, CA
13thAug - The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
15thAug - The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
16thAug - The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

BNLX back in action after 2 year hiatus with new “emergency” single release + shows on 4/8 and 4/15

posted Apr 2, 2017, 3:14 PM by Vu Nguyen

The new
BNLX single “Resist, Resist” will have its world premiere on The Current during the April 2, 2017 edition of The Local Show, broadcast & streamed, starting at 6pm CDT.

When BNLX played its most recent shows in Spring 2015 (the explosive BNLXFest III and NYC gigs with Les Big Byrd), band founders Ed and Ashley Ackerson knew they would be off the radar for a little while due to the imminent arrival of their daughter Annika. However, the ensuing months saw a series of unexpected massive life events unfold in rapid succession, including the death of Ed’s parents and the loss of the family’s two dogs and cat (including BNLX album cover stars Wiggy and Twiki). Not surprisingly, band activities got put on hold, and what had looked like a 4-6 month break turned into a full blown two-year hiatus.

Recent political developments have given the band a renewed purpose, and it became clear that now is the time for the band to return to action. BNLX has always been a band with a distinct socio-political outlook, with a mission to inform, agitate, and motivate for change and social justice. The first product of the reconstituted BNLX is the new “emergency” single, “Resist, Resist.” The song’s urgent message of unity, tolerance, and vigilance is reinforced by a massive (and growing!) cast of guests who lent their voices to the song’s refrain. Choir/mob members include Mark Mallman (and his dad, John), Ciaran Daly (The Stress of Her Regard), Two Harbors, Tommy Rehbein (Naive Sense/Farewell Continental), PD Larson, Jonatan Westh (Blackstrap), with more people from around the city/country/world adding tracks remotely before the song’s official release.

To coincide with this 2017 BNLX reboot, two shows have been scheduled: Saturday, April 8th at the Uptown VFW (with superfriend Mark Mallman) and Saturday, April 15th at the What’s Up Lounge in Mankato (with The Blind Shake and Kid Dakota).

April 8

Uptown VFW

2916 Lyndale Ave. S, Minneapolis

Mark Mallman



Facebook event:

April 15

What’s Up Lounge

701 N. Riverfront Dr, Mankato

Blind Shake


Kid Dakota

Facebook event:


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